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Karl Rove Has $200 Million To Screw Around With

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Little bratOh man, Karl Rove. Here we all were in 2008 thinking that he’d finally leave the highest ranks of presidential politics and probably go to jail or pick his nose under the railroad tracks all day or something. Instead, here we are with the 2012 presidential election and Rove is running the Republican side yet again, only this time with more money at his disposal and no boss to report to — because, of course, Super PACs are not allowed to and would most certainly never coordinate with actual campaigns.

Rove’s MegaUltraSuperPAC, American Crossroads, is about to begin its purported $200 million dollar ad blitz to “define” the president as no friend of the American people. They are sure to be respectful, classy ads simply pointing out differences in policy preferences (and did you know he’s from Kenya, too?):

Steven J. Law, the group’s leader, said the ads would address the challenge of unseating a president who polls show is viewed favorably even though many people disapprove of his handling of the economy. Basically, Mr. Law said, “how to dislodge voters from him.”

Emphasis ours, because it said “how to dislodge voters from him.” Did you see how it said “how to dislodge voters from him”? Classic.

And again, there’s no evidence that this $200 million ad campaign is in any way connected with the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, because that would be illegal. Anyway, congrats on the new job, Ed Gillespie!

Crossroads was founded with help from the Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie — the latter just signed on as an adviser to Mr. Romney — and so far it has largely been sitting on the sidelines, studying the electorate and planning for the fall as the Republican nominating contest continued.

This election sucks.


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  • nounverb911

    Rove sure can buy a lot of Rent Boys for Congress.

    • actor212

      I'm so naming my SuperPAC that.

  • larryfinexx

    Can Rove give some of that money to Michelle Bachman so she can get some more fashionable outfits to wear?

    • Terry

      Rove will have to talk to Marcus about that.

  • Come here a minute

    Let the swiftboating begin!

  • nounverb911

    A fool and his money….

    • Doktor StrangeZoom

      An asshole and his money are soon forming a SuperPAC

  • hagajim

    "This election sucks" – Not nearly as bad as it will soon. I figure this election will redefine suckage to the nth degree.

    • bikerlaureate

      Maybe the unprecedented level of suck will get people to take up their pitchforks and torches (figuratively speaking).

      Innuendo has to lose its effectiveness at some point, right?

    • GOPCrusher

      So far, it is looking to beat the Andrew Jackson-John Tyler election in suckitude.

  • Maman

    This only works if unlike Chuck Grassley's opinion the American people ARE stupid…. oh. we. are. fucked.

  • widestanceromance

    Just speaking Rove's name would dislodge me from, well, whatever I was enlodged to at the time.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Ham Rove and Colbert will kick Karl's pudgy ass.

  • nounverb911

    I'm beginning to think that October will be nice month to spend abroad this year.

    • bikerlaureate

      Surprise libel !!!1!!

    • starfanglednut

      Fer realz.

  • weejee

    If a turd blossoms on K Street will Barb be able to smell it in Albuquerque?

  • actor212

    Hookers and blow for the convention!

    • Oblios_Cap

      $2ooM will buy plenty of both!

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Election 2112 The Dislodgening

  • freakishlywrong

    Two constants. The turd blossom and Babble Spice. We will never be rid of them in our lifetimes.

    • actor212


  • ManchuCandidate

    It's too bad the candidate is Mittens or that $200 mill might have been useful.

    • NewtsChicknNeck

      By my math, $200M will result in a net +4 votes for Mittens. Not 4%. 4.

      • starfanglednut

        If he gave me 50 mil, I might vote for him.

  • Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    Why is it that Rove will attempt to cater to the moderates, yet Santorum calls Romney a pussy for doing the same thing?

  • freakishlywrong

    This is going to get ugly. The majority overwhelmingly rejected his old boss and people, if polled honestly, loathe conservative policies and positions. Yet, they're going to buy, steal and cheat to make the Kenyan a one-term President and then they're going to punish us for voting for him. And then they'll wonder why there are riots in the streets that'll make the Arab spring look like the 60.s.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    I stayed at a Motor Lodge one time, when I was younger.

  • gullywompr

    Is that Mike Wallace in that pic?

    • nounverb911

      Close, Dan Rather.

      • gullywompr

        Phew! Good thing, I was about to let out a "TOO SOON!!!1!"


      Dan Rather rather than Mike Wallace.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    It is a shame Rove is sucking all this money from the RNC, as can you imagine all the nights at Lesbian Bondage Clubs you could buy with that?

    • elviouslyqueer

      Please refrain from using the words "Rove" and "sucking" in the same sentence EVER again, Lionel.

      • starfanglednut

        Indeed. Blowing, also too.

  • noodlesalad

    It would be worth it if I knew Scalito et al had to watch every one of those awful commercials. Actually, no, it still wouldn't be worth it. Who says American democracy doesn't have a price tag?

  • Deportably_Jose

    Just out of curiousity, what exactly would be sufficient to count as evidence of illegal coordination between Super PACs and campaigns, precisely?

    Oh who am I kidding, not that it actually matters; who's going to stop them, the FEC? Let's not be silly.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Apparently not: 1) having staff from both on the same call to the pac and campaign's common legal adviser in the same room to decide what is and isn't coordination (as Stephen Colbert illustrated); 2) hiring the same people to run the SuperPac who 5 minutes ago were in the campaign's closest circle of policy makers (how Romney's Restoring America's Future (note the R theme) was founded); or 3) hiring the people to run the campaign who were running the SuperPac 5 minutes ago (Gillespie signing on to the Romney campaign). Rove even asked for permission to coordinate/pre-clear messages with the candidate, claiming it wasn't illegal co-ordination because the message would be made by the Pac and they'd only be checking to make sure it was okay with the candidate. That request for advice wasn't answered, so now they have to actually air the ad somewhere once (say, in an e-mail that only staffers and a few key friends get) and then get told through indirect channels (like a TV broadcast) what the candidate thinks.

      GAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!! Let's just go back to having the entire fund drive being a few buddies of the House of Morgan chipping in a hundred million a piece and candidates staying off the campaign trail altogether.

  • Antispandex

    Does it really make Rove a brilliant strategist that people are stupid enough, in America (we're number 1), to vote for enough wingnuts, to allow elections to be so close, that even HE could steal them? I mean, they lost the last election, and Barry didn't even have a brother who was governor of a swing state. Embarrassing!

  • MissTaken

    Ham Rove looked nearly edible when he still had hair.

  • Generation[redacted]

    "How to dislodge voters from him"

    With a crowbar? Club? Pepper spray? More restrictive voting laws?


    I'd rather have a superPACK.

    • starfanglednut

      Even better, a super package.

  • mavenmaven

    I guess we'll be seeing a lot of O'Keefe style "detective work" being more funded and shown than that of most NEA recipients.

  • Baconzgood

    If we were under the old Ken rules I'd say I wish he'd keel over already. But that's a bad thing to say.

    • actor212

      Well, he can keel over, yes, so long as there's no permanent damage. That we can wish for

  • Chet Kincaid

    With that much money, he might even get laid.

    • starfanglednut

      Eww, Chet. Just… ewww,

  • Radio福井県

    I heard that Obama fathered some blah children.

  • DaRooster

    I have long said,"Cheaters never lose… if they do it right."

  • SayItWithWookies

    It'll be an interesting task for Rove to make that mean, stilted, wishy-washy Massachusetts moderate into a palatable candidate for the teabaggers and the Republican middle-of-the-roaders, such as are left. I'm not sure if Karl could do it even if he had all the king's horses and all the king's men.

  • elviouslyqueer


  • GOPCrusher

    Well, I know the first two words that come to my mind when I think of Karl Rove, is "respectful" and "classy".

  • Rotundo_

    They'll just do to Rmoney what they did to Dubya: Limit the press and the general public to utterly scripted events and threaten to yank access if *anything* other than praise is heaped upon him. We were dumb enough to elect Dubya once, sort of, at least, and we are surely no smarter these days.

  • fartknocker

    What is the new message the GOP is going to send? It will be more of the same dribble about Afghanistan, the military, and how the GOP will save us from the black man in the White House. If Sheldon Adelson's $10 million experiment with Newt failed, how is it that Karl with $200 million will make Romney the winner?

    This campaign will get ugly. Interestingly, the NYT indicated the GOP believes Obama may have an even bigger financial war chest.

    Not to wish any ill will on anyone, but a few natural disasters and some prompt response by FEMA and DHS could be used to show how that shit stain Cantor attempted to withhold Federal Disaster dollars from Joplin, MO after last summer's F5 tornado and how Ohio'd governor turned down the same aid after the floods earlier this year.

    • GOPCrusher

      They are already estimating that the Obama War Chest will be over 1 Billion dollars. The Rmoney strategy appears to be to run commercials stating that Rmoney is getting his ass kicked because of being outspent.
      Maybe after the elections, the Republiklans will put out a bill effectively making the Citizens United ruling null and void.

      • starfanglednut

        Oh, the irony.

  • PhilippePetain

    It'll be interesting to see how long all of the riches will throw their money down the GOP sinkhole without just sucking it up and playing ball for a few decades like they did the last time they blew the economy up.

    • Designer_Rants

      They're so good at that, blowing the economy up.

  • Callyson

    I sure feel sorry for people who live in swing states. As hateful as the campaigning in the general election will be, you guys are going to get the worst of it…

    • KotBR

      As an Ohioan, I'm trying to convince my wife to disconnect the house phone. I figure by about late August, she'll cave.

  • NewtsChicknNeck

    I don't know what everyone's complaining about. Citizen's United cuts both ways. Karl Rove and Bill Maher are practically interchangeable (if you're going to count Rove's money in pesos).
    Koch Bros. = Buffett.
    Adelsen = Soros.
    Kraft = AFL-CIO.
    Among billionaires, surely it's a 50-50 split. Same with the most powerful corporations and the most powerful unions.

    P.S. I'm kidding. This shit is shameful.

  • gout

    It is the Repube version of economic stimulus. Stop regulating and the market will dump hundreds of millions into the economy with the result that this poor dumb country gets even dumber. If you could see the invisible hand, it would be making a rude gesture.

  • fuflans

    coincidentally, i have a small spider hole that needs my attention till early november.

  • KotBR

    Karl Rove has $200M to Screw Around With

    He better be careful, the Koch brothers' money is likely to get jealous.

    • Designer_Rants

      I hope the Kochs spend their $200m, Rove spends his $200m, and then O wins along with a Congressional Dem landslide. Then O packs the SCOTUS, passes laws that sez all rich conservatives have to forfeit 99% of their fortunes to Greenpeace, and then force them to move into sustainable-living situations on sequoia tree branches.

      In other words, I'd like to see the plutocrats' cries of being persecuted in a class war become accurate.

  • extreme_left

    200 m sure will buy a lot of poop decks

  • owhatever

    In South Carolina, he will spread the rumor the president has fathered black children.

  • George Spelvin

    Basically, Mr. Law said, “how to dislodge voters from him.”

    Let me go out on a limb and predict that lying will be a heavily used technique.

  • ttommyunger

    This is only proof that Ham Rove can dislodge ignorant assholes from their moneez.

  • DahBoner

    Karl Rove started out as a dweeb, but he now believes in the Buffet Rule:

    If you don't get to the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet before 5:30, you's gonna have to wait in line…

  • actor212

    We could buy air time in various Congressional districts, soliciting stories about Republican incumbents!

    "RENTBOYS! Do you have a story about (e.g. Allen West)? Did he blow you thru a glory hole in a men's room stall? Come talk to us to confirm stories we're working on!"